Hossein Jaberi Ansari

Iran diplomats to return from Saudi Arabia with respect

Tehran, Jan 4, IRNA – Spokesman for the Foreign Ministry announced here Monday that the Iranian diplomats will be transported with respect from Riyadh to Tehran.

Talking to reporters at his weekly press briefing, Hossein Jaber Ansari said the Iranian diplomats have been asked to leave Saudi Arabia within 48 hours, adding they have time to do that after coordination with the Iranian Foreign Ministry.

Saudi Foreign Minister Adel al-Jubeir announced on Sunday that Riyadh severed its diplomatic relations with Tehran one day after the government and people of Iran protested to execution of the prominent cleric Sheikh Nimr al-Nimr.

He told reporters in Saudi capital that Iranian diplomats were asked to leave the country within 48 hours.

Saudi Arabia is seeking creation of new crisis, while Iran is following policy on promotion of relations with countries, Jaber Ansari said.

Referring to the September 24 Hajj tragedy that happened in Mina, Saudi Arabia, and claimed lives of thousands of pilgrims including 464 Iranians, the official said Riyadh jumps from one crisis to the other.

It indicates that Saudi Arabia is following such blind policies deliberately, he further added.

Also, he said, the Yemeni crisis caused by Saudi Arabia is still underway.

Riyadh is directly supporting Takfiri terrorism which has put the world and the region in danger, Jaber Ansari stressed.

By its wrong policies, Saudi Arabia is to remove itself from isolation, he noted.

He expressed hope that other governments would not let the Saudi policies develop these policies.

Iran does its legal duties for protecting the diplomatic places, he stressed.

After execution of Sheikh Nimr by Saudi Arabia on Saturday, a group of youth gathered illegally in front of Saudi Embassy in Tehran and damaged the embassy’s building Sunday night.The Police forces arrested a number of demonstrators.

Criticizing such actions, in a statement issued later, Tehran’s Governance condemned any kind of violation against the diplomatic places.

Saudi Arabia on Saturday executed Sheikh Nimr al-Nimr, a Shia Muslim cleric known for his sermons criticizing the kingdom’s government and for his support of political protests in the country’s oil-rich Eastern Province.

The Saudi Interior Ministry on Saturday said 47 people have been executed on charges of what it referred to as terrorism.

Prominent Shia cleric Nimr al-Nimr was among those executed.